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- Legal History, Gender History, Cultural History, Common law, Privacy, Defamation, Photography, Cinema, Women's History, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century, History of Medicine
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- About Me
Jessica Lake is a Research Fellow at the Gender and Women’s History Research Centre in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences. She is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of legal, cultural and social history during the modern period.
Her first book, The Face that Launched a Thousand Lawsuits: The American Women Who Forged a Right to Privacy, was published by Yale University Press in 2016. It argued that women first forged a ‘right to privacy’ in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by bringing cases to prevent and prohibit the unauthorised publication of their images. Her book was shortlisted for the W.K Hancock Prize by the Australian Historical Association.
She is currently working on a transnational history of sexual slander law in the nineteenth century and a cultural and social history of childhood cancer.
In 2016-2017, Jessica held the Karl Loewenstein Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Amherst College, Massachusetts.
She is a co-editor of History Australia.
- Recent Publications
Lake, Jessica, ‘Protecting ‘Injured Female Innocence’ or Furthering ‘the Rights of Women?’ The Sexual Slander of Women in New York and Victoria (1808–1887)’ (July 2021) Women’s History Review https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2021.1949822
Lake, Jessica, ‘The Advent of the Camera: Technological Rupture, Gendered Implications & Legal Continuity,’ (2021) 17(2) Law, Culture and the Humanities, 172-183
Lake, Jessica, ‘Haematopoesis, or Blood Poetry,’ (2020) 63(4) Autumn Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 683
Lake, Jessica, ‘Disembodied Data and Corporeal Violation: Our Gendered Privacy Law Priorities and Preoccupations’ (2019) 42(1) University of New South Wales Law Journal
Lake, Jessica, ‘The Kodak Camera,’ in Op Den Kamp, Claudy and Dan Hunter (eds), A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects‘, 121-128 (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
Lake, Jessica, The Face that Launched a Thousand Lawsuits: The American Women Who Forged a Right to Privacy (Yale University Press, 2016).
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- United States, Australia, Britain
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- Children & Youth, Gender, Law, Medicine, Race, Sexuality, Women